SD Seminar

Business Overview

The environment surrounding universities is changing drastically, including the further decline in the number of 18-year-olds, the advent of the 100-year lifespan, Society 5.0 due to the sophistication of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the progress of globalization. University staff are required to have the ability to steer the company accurately with an eye on the next generation, to accurately analyze changes in the environment and the needs of society, to reflect them in organizational decision-making, and to realize the social mission of education, research, and social contribution.
The purpose of this SD seminar is to develop human resources who will lead the next generation of each university, with the main target being young and mid-career staff. The decisive difference from the SD program conducted at a single university is that it is a place for “cross-border learning” where people of similar ages from national, public, private universities, and junior colleges gather and work hard for a long period of several months, and strong interaction occurs. In addition, there are public presentations and reports at the end of the program, and it is different from other similar programs in that it is not “just doing it” or “listening all the time”, but rather it is firmly summarized as a policy proposal (business improvement proposal to the workplace, new business proposal, etc.), and there are several support mechanisms for this purpose.
Alumni have commented on their specific achievements and behavioral changes, such as “I was able to network with other university staff with whom I can make lifelong connections,” “I was able to relearn the basics of higher education,” “I was able to collect and summarize information and make recommendations based on facts and logic,” and “I became interested in higher education in general and began to read various reports and industry newspapers.”
It’s only a few months, but it’s only a few months. We hope that you will take on this challenge as a step to improve yourself, improve your strength, and enrich your life as a university employee.

Outline of the event

meeting place Campus Plaza Kyoto
Capacity 16 students (documents will be screened based on the application form)
target Those who fall under any of (1) or (2) below
(1) Those who have at least 3 years of work experience as a university employee at the time of the start of the SD seminar
(2) Those who have work experience before joining the company and whose university determines that they meet the conditions for participation in (1) above.
* You will need to submit a letter of recommendation separately.
Participation Fee Consortium of Universities Kyoto Member Universities and Junior Colleges: 20,000 yen
Other than the above: 60,000 yen
* Please note that once the tuition fee has been paid, it cannot be refunded.
Application Deadline Must be received by Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Organizer: University Consortium Kyoto

[Click here to apply]

Contents of the training

Date & Time : Theme & Lecturers
Part 1 Saturday, May 25
・Attendance at SD Seminar (Administrative Contact)
・Preparation for taking the SD seminar (messages from graduates)
14:50-17:30 Academic Writing Fundamentals
-How to convert “problem awareness” into concrete “questions”? -
Lecturer: Takashi Sakamoto (Associate Professor, Department of General Education, Kyoto University of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Part 2 Saturday, June 1
University Systems, Laws, and Organizations
– Understanding university education-related systems, laws, and organizations for high-quality work –
Lecturer: Mr. Tsunetaka Miyabayashi
(Tokyo Metropolitan University, Director, Science Management Division, Administration Department)
(Concurrently serving as the Director of the Academic Affairs Division))
3rd Saturday, June 8
Academic Literacy and Policy Advocacy Report
– Understanding Academic Literacy and Beginning Research –
Lecturer: Mr. Takamichi Murayama (Kyoto Bunkyo Gakuen Corporate Secretariat, General Affairs Department Manager)
No.4 Saturday, June 15
Universities and Society: The Meaning of Regional Cooperation and the Role of Universities
Lecturer: Masaho Fukao (Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, Ryukoku University)
Vol.5 Saturday, June 22
Educational Management for Quality Assurance of University Education
– Discussion and advice for promoting educational management in your own school –
Lecturer: Takero Nishino
(Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business Administration, Educational Development and Learning Support Office, Kyoto Tachibana University)
No.6 Saturday, June 29
University Strategy and Leadership: Creating an Organization that Creates Strategy
Lecturer: Hiromichi Yoshitake
(Auditor, Research Organization of Information and Systems / President, Tokyo Kasei Gakuin/
Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba)
No.7 Saturday, July 6
Branding and Student Recruitment: How to Proceed with University Branding
Lecturer: Kenji Kamijo (Professor, Department of Regional Business, Faculty of Business Administration, Aichi Toho University)
The 8th Symposium Saturday, July 13
Collaboration between universities and high schools, and connections between high schools and universities
―Thinking about the connection between high school and university from high school education―
Lecturer: Mr. Katsumi Arase (President, Faculty Support Organization)
No.9 Saturday, July 20
Universities and Higher Education Policy: Looking at Universities from the Perspective of Higher Education Policy
Lecturer: Mr. Hiroshi Matsuzaka (Director, General Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Debriefing Saturday, September 14
Public Presentations
training Saturday, September 21
Public Presentation Follow-up Training
Lecturer: Satoru Kanda (Kyoto University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Career Support Division)
Mr. Junichi Honda (Kyoto Tachibana University, Assistant Director, General Affairs Department)

* The affiliation and position of the instructor are as of March 2024.
* The above implementation time and program are tentative and subject to change.
* The end time of the public presentation varies depending on the number of students.

2024 SD Seminar Application Guidelines [Click here for details]

Voices of SD Seminar Graduates

It is published in Kyomachiya News and SD Guidebook (2023 edition).
Kyomachiya News: Voices of alumni (1)
SD Guidebook (2023 Edition): Voices of Graduates (2) (3)


There are two ways to apply for the course. Please check the precautions on how to apply.

  • Institutional application: Application through your university or junior college
  • Individual application: Individual application

[How to apply]

Institutional Application: Individual Application
Please fill out the “Application Form” and apply by e-mail through your university.
* If there are multiple applicants from the same university, please fill in the names of the applicants in order of priority in the “Priority Table” and apply together with the “Application Form”.

Note: When compiling information at each university, etc., please set an internal consolidation date to meet the following application deadlines.

Please fill out the “Application Form” and apply by e-mail.

Note: Please check in advance whether your university has adopted an institutional application.

Please download the “Application Form” and “Priority Table” form from the [Application Form] below and apply by e-mail attachment.
* If you are an individual applicant, you do not need a “priority list”.
Application: SD■ (Please replace ■ with @.) )
Subject when sending e-mail: [SD seminar application] (affiliation, name, etc.)
Application deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Based on the application form, documents will be screened.
Around mid-May, through your university, etc.
We will notify you by e-mail.
We will notify you by e-mail around mid-May.
Sending relevant documents
After notifying you of your permission to take the course, we will send you the following relevant documents.
・ Information on attendance
・Invoice for tuition fee
Tuition fee
Please transfer the money to the designated account of the Foundation by the specified date.

[Application form]

Please download the application form and attach it to SD■ by e-mail. (Please replace ■ with @.) )

(1) 2024 SD Seminar Application Form [Click here for details]
(2) 2024 SD Seminar Priority Table [Click here for details]

* If there are multiple applicants from the same university, please fill in the names of the applicants in order of priority in the “Priority Table” and apply together with the “Application Form”.

Sending the application form and contacting us

University Consortium Kyoto, Educational Development Division (SD Project)
E-mail: sd■ (Please replace ■ with @)
〒600-8216 Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Nishitoin-dori, Shiokoji, Shimo-ku, Kyoto, Campus Plaza Kyoto
TEL:075-353-9163  FAX:075-353-9101
* Reception hours: Tuesday ~ Saturday 9:00 ~ 17:00 (excluding year-end and New Year holidays)